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Music industry grappling with steep new tariffs proposed for digital downloads

News | 04/15/2005 4:00 am EDT

A fight before the Copyright Board of Canada over royalties for online music downloads appears set to become even more contentious as another group of copyright owners seeks to add as much as an additional 25% of gross revenues to the 15% of gross revenues that has already been proposed on digital download services. Neither Canada’s homegrown music service, Puretracks.ca, or the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) have accepted invitations to comment on the steep new tariff proposed by the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) on digital downloads late last month.

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